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Long Trail Ale - Long Trail Brewing Co.

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Long Trail AleLong Trail Ale

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BA SCORE
81
good

1,032 Ratings
THE BROS
70
okay

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Ratings: 1,032
Reviews: 383
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 13.2%
Wants: 12
Gots: 73 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Long Trail Brewing Co. visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Altbier |  4.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Long Trail Ale is a full-bodied amber ale modeled after the “Alt-biers” of Düsseldorf, Germany. Our top fermenting yeast and cold finishing temperature result in a complex, yet clean, full flavor. Originally introduced in November of 1989, Long Trail Ale beer quickly became, and remains, the largest selling craft-brew in Vermont. It is a multiple medal winner at the Great American Beer Festival.

25 IBU

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-26-2002)
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Photo of BeerCosmonaut
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

BeerCosmonaut, Jan 05, 2013
Photo of grahuba
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

grahuba, Mar 02, 2014
Photo of sevenarts
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

sevenarts, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of ByTor2112
3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I need to thank Chris Ennis for bringing this beer to me directly from Vermont! Poured a beautiful amber color with hues of orange in the light. Very thin head dissipates quickly leaving little dots of lace. Nice aroma with some mild hops, nutty with a sweet malt smell. A nice clean bitterness hits the palate and stays through to the finish. Tastes like an Amber ale with the pale malt characteristics going in and out. A good froth brings out a killer malt sweetness with the hops still holding their ground. This ale is awesome as it trades off between the Pale ale and Amber ale characteristics and you can feel the " alt " backbone as well. very drinkable.

ByTor2112, Jun 30, 2006
Photo of JayNH
3.1/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a clear copper color with little head to speak of.

S- Slightly sweet, malty. Almost a wine-like alcohol scent.

T-slightly malty, with a very mild hop note. Overall a little watered down.

M- A little thin and flat. Very little carbonation.

D- Overall not unpleasant but not something I would seek out or pay top dollar for.

JayNH, Nov 25, 2008
Photo of BelgianDip
4/5  rDev +12.4%

BelgianDip, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of TangTKE402
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass. A foamy, 2-finger head appeared, and it settled into a nice thin ring. Lacing was really good, and the color was copper brown and crystal clear.

Smell is bready, but largely nondescript. Some light malt notes, and a slight smell of honey waft up at the end.

In the mouth, this beer has a relatively simple, clean taste. A little malty, a little yeasty, some taste of cherry vanilla, but nothing too crazy. On the swallow, however, this beer opens up. There on the swallow are some almost rye-like dry notes that get paired up with a high berry sweetness left on the periphery in the mouth. This beer leaves a sweet veneer in your mouth that begs you to drink more.

The mouthfeel is fairly good for this type of beer, but still lacks depth at the outset.

Drinkability is high due to the refreshing nature, lighter mouthfeel, and desirable aftertaste. A good beer for having a few, but nothing profound.

TangTKE402, Oct 25, 2010
Photo of RocketWidget
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a darker orange, with very good, thick white head, with lace that clings to the glass. Smell is average, lightly of hops. Taste is quite good. Low carbonation, but thick and full bodied, sweet with light hops. Drinkable, but I wouldn’t call it thirst quenching. Overall, a good show. Reccommended.

RocketWidget, Sep 01, 2004
Photo of mjaskula
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Reddish brown with a thin, slightly tan head.

Smell: Thin slightly malty, fairly disappointing.

Taste: Nice balance of hops and malt, neither sweet nor bitter. Some fruitier tones near the end.

Mouthfeel: A tiny bit dry.

Drinkability: very drinkable and smooth.

Probably wouldn't search it out, but would drink again.

mjaskula, Jan 07, 2009
Photo of MichaelAllenVT
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

MichaelAllenVT, Dec 18, 2013
Photo of ng85
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

ng85, Jun 25, 2012
Photo of JohnFatAss
3.66/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a pretty copper colored beer.
The flavor is a little weak, but nothing bad, just not very flavorful
Exttremely easy to drink thanks to the 4.6% ABV.
Went great with the grilled pork chops I had for dinner.
Even though it lacks in the flavor dept. this beer is so enjoyable and so easy to drink, I have give it an overall of 4.5.

JohnFatAss, Jan 16, 2013
Photo of Aewachiw
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Aewachiw, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of Brian15
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Brian15, Jun 08, 2012
Photo of Rheaume17
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Rheaume17, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of BeerPhan86
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I remember having this on tap at the brewery and thinking it was one of the simplest, purest, and best beers I have ever had. Should be good out of the bottle too!

A - Pours a dark golden color with a one finger white head that does not last long.

S - A bit of a fruity malt aroma with a hint of hops. Pretty simple.

T - Very smooth and crisp tasting. Nice maltiness to it and a nice crisp hoppy finish. Tastes a little toasty, like most ambers do. Bready as well, but just a well balanced and simple taste.

M - Pretty light mouthfeel with moderate carbonation.

D - This is a great session beer, and it isn't heavy at all.

Overall, this is just a simple, good beer. As beers get more and more complex and imperialized these days, it's good to sit back and have an old fashioned, simple amber ale like this.

BeerPhan86, Sep 26, 2009
Photo of Trent
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Trent, Jun 17, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -22.8%

SlainteAlbanyNY, Jun 08, 2014
Photo of cooch69
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an orange copper. It's very clear and has a tiny head with some good lacing.

Nose is sharp bisquity malts with a clean mustiness and the scent of uncooked millet seeds.

Taste is pretty much like a wholegrain loaf. It has biscuity caramelly malts, Millet and flaked maze.

This beer is a good summer session. Not much going on but easy to drink.

cooch69, Mar 20, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

comradekyle, Aug 18, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Yeroc, Aug 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev +12.4%

LCannon4, Jan 03, 2013
Photo of Longstaff
3.35/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An okay beer to drink in the land of Macrocrappy lagers of Killington. Malt is somewhat clean tasting but tastes a little watery, hops are present but lacking for the style and leaves the beer a little too sweet. Hard to have more than a couple. If they would just ramp up the malt and hops a little and maybe condition it in wooden barrels, it would be more like a real Dussledorf Alt.

Longstaff, Nov 21, 2002
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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

CSeavey64, Aug 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev +12.4%

paulmcm, Nov 15, 2011
Long Trail Ale from Long Trail Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 1,032 ratings.